I have a Dewalt cordless drill.
I was outside in my planter area doing some formwork and ran out of
fasteners. I stopped and drove to HD to get some more.
During that time it rained...more like poured...
I had the drill standing up on a step stool (smart huh?) The rain or wind
must have knocked it over, and it felt into the planter area. When I got
back it's all wet. I peeked into the housing and saw some sand got inside
the housing. I tried to shake some of it out, but because of the wetness
some sand stayed inside.
It still works...but I am wondering whether I have done big damage to it.
I hope I don't have to get a new cordless drill.
The essence of pragmatism is......
"If it works, use it."
I don't think you'll have trouble. Sand and dirt when dry is pretty much
non-conductive electrically so shouldnt cause shorts, particularly at
the relatively low voltages used in cordless tools.
I'd recommend leaving it in a warm place for a while to dry ot any
moisture inside it. Maybe blow some warm air through the openings with a
Big risk is that the electric motor may rust, and stop
working. Dry it out as soon as you can. A day or two in a
frost free refrigerator may help. The frost free fridges
dessicate anything they can. My copier guy used to suggest I
keep my copy paper in the fridge, to reduce or prevent paper
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